It's difficult to think of a better-known work of art than Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel comes close, but that's a detail of a huge work, not a work of art on its own. Images by many 20th-century artists like Spain's Pablo Picasso and the US' Andy Warhol are also instantly recognizable. However, no other painting is nearly as famous as the portrait in oils of a fashionable young lady of Florence, Italy.
This painting isn't just famous because the image is now able to be reproduced over and over again. Its fame has at least something to do with the fact that it's a fine piece of work. Da Vinci was a leader in the revolution in painting in the Renaissance period. The Renaissance was more centered around humans than pervious European culture was, and the Mona Lisa is a fine example of Renaissance humanism. The work is about a person. The woman da Vinic painted does not represent a religious idea, but is an individual whom one feels that one could talk to and now.
And the question of who the woman is has always interested the public. The earliest answer, from 1517, is that she was just a "certain Florentine lady", but in 1550, famous historian and painter Giorgio Vasari said she was Mona Lisa, the wife of silk merchant Francesco del Gioeondo. Over the centuries,a number of other women have been put forth as the model, including a suggestion that da Vinci used himself, looking in a mirro, as well as the ideas that she was painted from da Vinci's imagination. The work invites the viewer/reader to discover for himelf or herself, perhaps invent, what it means.
Leonardo kept it himself, and took it with him to Milan, Rome, and France, and used it as a"calling card",said Larry Feinberg fron the Art Institute of Chicago-sort of an adverisement: "Hey, look what I painted! I can paint for you, too!”
1.Why does the author refer to three other artists?
A.To show the Mona Lisa is very famous.
B.To compare da Vinci with other painter
C.To introduce different great painters.
D.To prove no other painter is equal to da Vinci.
2.What is stressed by mentioning the Renaisance?
A.Painting skills of the Mona Lisa.
B.Different attitudes to the Mona Lisa.
C.The economic value of the Mona Lisa.
D.The tradition-breaking idea of the Mona Lisa.
3.What helped the Mona Lisa's popularity according to Paragraph 3?
A.Its being painted from imagination.
B.Its being open to interpretalion.
C.Da Vinci's using himself as the model.
D.Many women's claiming to be the model.
4.What does Feinberg say about da Vinci?
A.He was eager to paint for people.
B.He fell in love with the Mona Lisa.
C.He made a fortune througlh the ona Tis.
D.He used the Mona Lisa to earn a reputation.